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On This Shining Night

A Cantata for Christmas

By Susan Naus Dengler

Choir Sacred (SATB choir)
A Cantata for Christmas. Composed by Susan Naus Dengler and Lee Dengler. Choral (Sacred); Choral Worship Cantata; Larger Works; Performance Music Ensemble; Worship Resources. Christmas; Sacred; Winter. Book. Jubilate Music Group #00-9481178. Published by Jubilate Music Group (JU.00-9481178).

Item Number: JU.00-9481178

English. Orchestrated by Phillip Keveren.

On this shining night, filled with awe and wonder . . . God's gift of love comes down to earth, flooding the world with everlasting Light. The hauntingly beautiful introductory section of this new Christmas cantata from Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler leads into the glorious majesty of O Holy Night, and sets the scene as the shining night when Jesus -- the Light of the World -- was born. The work is woven with newly-composed music and familiar carols, including Joy to the World!; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow; Rocking Carol, and many more. This cantata is scored for choir (with an optional congregation participation piece) with piano accompaniment. The movements are separated by narration for one or two readers. An optional chamber orchestration is available for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, percussion, timpani, string quintet, and handbells. Performance suggestions, including dramatic use of candles and two possible endings for the cantata, are included in the choral book. This creative cantata, which includes energetic and upbeat songs as well as reflective and reverent pieces, promises to be a profound addition to your congregation's Advent and Christmas observances.

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  • 3

    Greenville, NC
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  • January 13, 2017 Beautiful but difficult.

    This cantata is very beautiful. But, it's range is very high, and there are difficult vocal passages. Dengler's use of 3rds 6ths and 10ths leads to remarkable harmony, but some rhythms are challenging as well as some passages. It would take quite a few rehearsals to achieve a...

    nice sound. But, overall, beautiful cantata.

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    Brentwood, CA
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  • November 21, 2016 Beautiful Cantata

    This is a beautiful Cantata! It's been a little challenging for my intermediate church choir. But I believe it will be an awesome and moving performance. I have chosen to add a small professional chamber orchestra and a few professional singers to aid in the beauty of our performance...


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